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Monday , November 26 , 2012
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Shami thanks Akram

Calcutta: Shami Ahmed’s heroics on Day Two of the Ranji Trophy Group A clash against Madhya Pradesh in Indore reflects that Bengal’s bowling attack is not just about Ashok Dinda.

Spearheading the attack in Dinda’s absence, Shami certainly had his task cut out. He got a hat-trick as the hosts could bat for only 13 overs on Sunday morning, adding a meagre 20 to their overnight score of 322.

“Achieving a hat-trick is always special. But my job is half done. The good work needs to continue and I should make sure I contribute further to secure a favourable result for our team,” Shami told The Telegraph from Indore.

His experience with India A during the tours to West Indies and New Zealand have been hugely beneficial. And tips from Wasim Akram also helped him to lift his spirits after he was sidelined with injury early in 2012.

“Of course, both the tours taught me a lot about adapting to the international scenario, although the series was a contest between the A teams. I do feel that experience will play an important role in the long run.

“However, the sessions I’ve had with Wasim bhai — while playing for Kolkata Knight Riders — turned out to be a significant one so far.

“Apart from teaching me about the nuances of swing bowling… he also spoke to me about the speedy recovery that pacers can make after sustaining a serious injury. I followed what he said and you can see the result…” Shami pointed out.